Dogs of War

Dogs of War, A novella. Amazon Kindle Edition, Copyright 2011 and written by Bradley Convissar.

Gary Lettner and Caroline, his wife of six months discover and purchase a home in a nice suburban area and in true dog-lover fashion he decides to visit a small animal shelter to get a dog. Not exactly in a manner favored by Caroline, he obtains Molly, a close to mentally beaten-down eight-year-old Dachshund. For little explained reasons other than a purported incompatibility, they divorce and he and Molly settle into an enjoyable routine until one night Molly awakens him in the middle of the night with incessant barking and a desire to be let out into the garden. From this point, the story become a tale of ghostly dogs and their insistence upon gaining Molly’s aid, with Gary in attendance, to attempt to right vicious wrongs they, and others, had suffered at the hands of cruel developers of dogs to be used in illicit dog fighting.

Discussion: The author has presented a tale describing in some detail the inhuman atrocities a certain breed of individuals will inflict upon animals to satisfy their sick minds. It is a short book that may be classified in the ghost/horror genre with a revenge theme that dog lovers no doubt will love. The pace is good, the rather detailed plot moves well so the reader feels compelled to continue to its termination. As an aside, as once owner of dachshunds, the breed is subject to the infirmities listed, but Gary’s treatment of Molly seems a little overdone especially in light of some of her described activities. But then, when one reads a ghost story, it is necessary to pretty much ignore any pragmatic thoughts.

4* Short, easy read ghost story with unusual protagonists.

Healer’s Hands Healer’s Heart

Healer’s Hands, Healer’s Heart ISBN: 9780986124723, Healer’s Hands Publishing (2015) by Gloria Kaye, PhD.

Sub-titled “Sharing the Gift of Healing”, according to the author this book presents “in-depth insights, practical techniques and inspiring stories of success with non-traditional healing.” It is composed of two sections. I – My World as a Healer that sets forth in 7 chapters the author’s background; a series of dramatic healings of numerous individuals; description of various conditions successfully treated; recounting establishment of a holistic care establishment for an elderly population; successful treatment of a number of animals suffering from various conditions; a chapter dealing with professional athlete’s; and one on Progress with Forward-Thinking Physicians. Section II: Healing Basics and Insights with chapters providing Healing tips for Beginners; Uncommon Solutions to Common Complaints; Classroom Experiences describing activities during and following a lecture at UCLA School of Medicine; Distance Healing Vignettes literally describing how these are performed; Small Moments that discuss subjects such as Regarding Relationships, Decisions, Anger, Control and more and a Summary. Chapter.

Discussion: The author has provided a discussion of a subject that gradually is causing an increasing amount of attention within the field of medicine. This new direction stems directly from the populace in general. In spite of the magnificent advances in medical technology and treatment modality, the patient increasingly is feeling that he/she no longer is ‘a person’. ‘Health care’ and all of the accompanying considerations has caused patient care to grow so much the physician has become overwhelmed. Frequently a patient may not even be seen by one, but by a ‘nurse practitioner instead’, or he/she may ‘dial a number’ or to ‘chat’ with one on a web line. As a result, the patient frequently is attended to quickly by some ‘health care provider’. Why? The number seen/day, or similar. is the important ‘bottom line’ for the health care facilities which are administered more frequently than not by an administrator with little to no medical knowledge or understanding of a patient’s needs. The patient’s complaints frequently are listened to but not actually ‘heard’. The ‘unwell’ individual, rightly or wrongly, is disgruntled. Thus, an increasing number of voices asking for personal attention.

The range of alternative medical treatment is quite large. This author, interestingly having successfully defended a PhD thesis in Yoga, believes (and makes a good case for) the fact that she probably belongs to a group of Russian Healers known as Mystics. She represents one phase that favors a mode of treatment more favorably looked upon by Eastern therapists who concentrate on movement of body energy. They address “the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of life” within the body. The Hindu tradition, for example, addresses the Chakras (specific control points in the body) that represent ideas rather than “something tangible that can be excised or palpated”.

Conclusion: The author has presented a most engaging discussion of one phase of the gradual rebirth of Alternative Medicine. From this reader’s perspective, she has spent too much time presenting different but similar case histories. Granted her desire is to show their authenticity through the variety and many glowing statements of corroboration. However, a smaller number would seem to have made the reading less redundant and still made her point. Part II is most informative and will stimulate interesting thoughts and conjectures.

4* Dichotomous 3* – 5* for reasons described.